Our project is about life on Dartmoor in WWI. It includes details about general life at the time, as well as featuring conscientious objectors and suffragettes.
We spent alot of time researching the period before we started writing the play. We had several experts come in to talk to us about the period – these people included Bill Hardiman, and Tom Greeves. We also researched things ourselves and covered the cupboards in pieces of paper.
We had various workshops to help us to come up with ideas for producing our film and plays. These included dance with Rohanna Eade, which fed into the otter film, drama with Complicite, and digital media with Blind Ditch, which provided techniques used in ‘Road to Nowhere’ and ‘Chasing Kitty Jay’.
At the start of ‘Road to Nowhere’, we showed a short video of a dance/wildlife piece, based on the life of Henry Williamson. We shot it all ourselves at two locations : Fingle Bridge and The Otter Santury at Buckfastleigh.
Writing For The Community Play
Three of us joined with Mark Beeson and Abby Stobart to write a community play – ‘Chasing Kitty Jay’ – based on the lives of John Galsworthy and Beatrice Chase, who between them came up with the outline of the modern myth of Kitty Jay during WWI.
For the final stage of the project we prepared an exhibition – For Whom the Bell Tolls – based on all the research we had done, written up on A1 boards with photographs, and used video clips from the two plays of the project. This was done in partnership with Moretonhampstead History Society and has been hosted by Green Hill Arts and Heritage Centre.